Primary Liver Cancer starts in the cells, bile ducts, blood vessels or connective tissue of the liver. It’s not very common. Primary Liver Cancer is different from Cancer that starts somewhere else in the body and spreads to the liver (called Secondary Liver Cancer or Metastatic Liver Cancer).
The incidence rate of Liver Cancer increased significantly for males (2.3% per year) and females (2.4% per year). These increases may be at least partially explained by rising immigration from regions of the world where risk factors for Liver Cancer, such as hepatitis B and C infection and exposure to aflatoxin, are more common.
As of 2016, there has been an estimated 2,400 new cases of Liver Cancer and an estimated 1,200 deaths in canada (Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2016).